Cedar Creek Park
3340 Merrick Rd. Seaford, NY 516-571-7470
What you'll find: The 259 acre park has nine fields. It has eight tennis courts (fee), eight handball/ paddleball courts, two basketball courts, two softball fields and four soccer fields (fee, permit)
What people are doing: Linda Ciccolella, 45, of Bellmore, and her husband, Dennis Hernandez, set up their lawn chairs and come here about ever other week and stay up to two hours each time. Linda said that sometimes she rides her bike while her husband runs. They have been coming to the park for a couple years.
"We're relaxing before going out for Father's day," she said. They both agreed that the best part of the park is that it's not over crowded and more of a low-key location.
Others come to Cedar Creek Park for a different reason. These two friends come to train for the coastguard. Kathy Kelly, 18, and Samantha Edell, 18, both residents of Hicksville, run three miles, three times per week, and finish off by doing sit ups, push ups and crunches. Normally, they spend 45 to 60 minutes training each day.
"There are different paths that you can run and you'll see the water," Edell said. She and her friend simultaneously agreed that it's a great area to have barbecues with friends.
For the dogs: This well-kept Nassau County park has side-by-side fenced areas for small and large dogs. It's small enough for owners to all know each other. The entire park offers loads of other amenities, but dogs are not allowed in any county parks, preserves or facilities. In terms of cons, there's little natural shade and in terms of room to roam and sprint, these runs are on the small side.
"The dog loves it," his father, Ed Thabet, 62, said. "Leave them in an environment like this and they learn how to socialize."
Special permit required for alcohol beverages, permits required to use most fields
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